Stonewater development team wins national recognition

Leading social housing provider Stonewater is in the running for a top national award for the outstanding work of its development team.

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Stonewater has been shortlisted in the prestigious Inside Housing Development Awards, for Best Development Team. The award recognises ambition, excellent performance and outstanding achievement in delivering high quality new homes that meet the needs of residents.

The team is also celebrating four of Stonewater’s new housing schemes being shortlisted by the award judges in various categories.

Stonewater, which manages and owns 32,500 homes across England, has recently expanded its housebuilding programme. It plans to build 1,500 new homes per year by 2022/23, including properties for affordable rent, shared ownership, rent to buy and market sale.

In line with these ambitions, Stonewater’s development team has grown in size and clocked up a string of successes over the last year.

Achievements include Stonewater becoming a strategic partner with Homes England, in partnership with the Guinness Partnership, winning £224m of funding – the largest allocation to date – to build 4,500 high quality affordable homes by 2022.

Stonewater was also listed in The Sunday Times ‘Best Companies to Work for 2019’, with its development team achieving a particularly high score.

In the past year the team has blazed a trail with its community engagement, public art and neighbourhood enhancement, crusading innovative environmental technologies in housebuilding and taking the lead with a ground-breaking veterans community build project.

Jonathan Layzell, Executive Director – Development at Stonewater, said: “Our development team’s hard work and dedication is second to none.

“I am very proud of what we have achieved over the last year so it is extremely pleasing to be recognised at a national level with these awards, in the face of strong competition.”

Stonewater has also been shortlisted for Best Housing Development for Shackleton Close, a small scheme of affordable homes at Coldwaltam in Sussex, and Best Partnership for Sam’s Acre, a mixed development at South Petherton in Somerset.

The housing provider’s Orchid Acre Close scheme, 14 homes at Stoke-sub-Hamdon in Somerset, is in the running for Best Shared Ownership Development and its 48-home Edenfield development, at Bracknell in Berkshire, has been shortlisted for Best Regeneration Project.

Winners will be announced at the Inside Housing Development Awards ceremony in London on 27th October.